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A trisyllabic metrical foot having one accented or long syllable between two unaccented or short syllables, as in the word remember.

[Latin amphibrachys, from Greek amphibrakhus : amphi-, amphi- + brakhus, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]


(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables (˘¯˘). Compare cretic
[C16: from Latin, from Greek amphibrakhus, literally: both ends being short, from amphi- + brakhus short]
ˌamphiˈbrachic adj


(ˈæm fəˌbræk)

a trisyllabic metrical foot whose syllables are short, long, short in quantitative meter, and unstressed, stressed, unstressed in accentual meter.
[1580–90; < Latin amphibrachus < Greek amphíbrachys short at both ends =amphi- amphi- + brachýs short]
am`phi•brach′ic, adj.
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Noun1.amphibrach - a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
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In "Nocturno XII," recurring amphibrachs parallel the repeated triplets comprising the bass line, groups of six sixteenth notes, and the principal motif (combinations of four sixteenth notes and a quarter note) - all patterns felt in three.
It does not seem enough to declare that beneath a seeming "disarray of amphibrachs, dactyls, iambs" there is "clear metrical regularity" (188).
Rhythmic motifs in both voice and piano vacillate between the anapests and the amphibrachs of the poem, but in no regular manner.
This action, though, threatens also the Kantian fact that clear aesthetic autonomous metrical rules (for instance, for "the" ballad, or for amphibrachs) must act apart from any reduction to political and economic counts.